Nicholas Dima (who currently lectures and is a contributor to Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research – SFPPR– News & Analysis of the online-conservative-journalism center at the Washington-based SFPPR) wrote an article entitled “Trump hosts Romania’s President, Klaus Iohannis”, and posted on June 20, 2017 on the prestigious Selous Foundation website. SFPPR think tank was founded in 1985 during the height of the President Ronald Reagan years, whose mission is to formulate and promote public policies based on the American values and benefits derived from the Founding Fathers and the Constitution, including limited government, individual liberty, freedom, opportunity, economic prosperity and the primacy of national sovereignty.
Let us recall the wise words of the President Ronald Reagan: “What makes our revolution unique and so exciting, then, is that it changed the very concept of government. Here was a new nation telling the world that it was conceived in liberty; that all men are created equal with God-given rights, and that power ultimately resides in “We the people.” We sometimes forget this great truth, and we never should, because putting people first has always been America’s secret weapon. It’s the way we’ve kept the spirit of our revolution alive—a spirit that drives us to dream and dare, and take great risks for a greater good” (Ronald Reagan: “Message on the Observance of Independence Day ,” July 3, 1981. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=44039).
It is also worth recalling what was underlined, from the very beginning, on July 4, 2017 by the Romanian President Klaus Iohannis at the celebration of the Independence Day organized by the Embassy of the United States of America in Romania: “On behalf of the Romanian people, I warmly congratulate all of you present here today, and the entire American nation, on this special occasion. 241 years after the signing of the US Declaration of Independence, the 4th of July is fundamental not only for the American people, but for the entire world. Indeed, the world we live in today would not have been the same without this historic milestone. This should remind us, once more, that we – on both sides of the Atlantic – have to stand closer than ever to defend our core values and our collective security.” (http://www.presidency.ro/ro/media/discursuri/participare-la-receptia-oferita-de-ambasada-sua-cu-ocazia-celei-de-a-241-a-aniversari-a-zilei-independentei).
Nicholas Dima – also a visiting professor at the Romanian-American University – is a strong advocate of freedom of learning, of education, of seeking knowledge. His American professional career (he received a doctoral degree from Columbia University in New York) includes working 20 years for Voice of America (VOA) in Washington, and teaching college, university and US Military schools for another ten years. Among his most rewarding achievements were meeting Kings, Presidents, and Prime ministers as a VOA reporter and editor, teaching American officers up to the rank of full colonel (for example, Professor and Director for European Studies at the US Army, J.F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Fort Bragg, NC., 1985-1988), teaching in the US and Africa, and promoting democracy, education, and human values world-wide. All this time, Dr. Dima defended tirelessly the rights of Romania and the Romanian people in the US and promoted a better Romanian-American understanding. Dr. Dima also helped the cause of the Romanian-American University in the US and contributed to its cooperation with James Mason University of Virginia. He has received numerous Academic Honors, Grants, and Awards.